Sheared Power Poles Shuts Down I-5 Freeway Through Burbank

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Traffic along the I-5 freeway was stopped for more than an hour after four power poles supporting high voltage electricity over the freeway at Alameda Street were snapped off leaving energized power lines on top cars and trucks.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Fire Department responded to the incident at 1:07 a.m. Saturday along with Burbank Police and closed both directions of the freeway along with both directions of Alameda Street under the I-5 Freeway.

There were several cars and trucks on the freeway with power lines across them, causing a total shut down of the freeway in both north and southbound lanes.

Burbank Water and Power Crews responded and cut the power at the  poles at Alameda Street and Lake Street and at Alameda Street and Flower Street. Crews then had to remove the wires across the freeway.

Cars stranded on the freeway were turned around in the wrong direction and led off the freeway at the Western and Verdugo on-ramps.

Burbank Water and Power Crews were going to have to spend the night cleaning up the shattered wood, insulators and other debris from the traffic lanes on Alameda Street.

Until the power was cut, any motorist stuck in their car remained there. No injuries were reported.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

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    1. One detail is missing- how did four power poles “snap” ? Was it wind, a car crash, construction accident ??

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